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Master Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2

The Photographer's Guide to Silver Efex Pro, by Jason P. Odell, Ph.D.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of two new educational products from Luminescence of Nature Photography that will allow you to quickly master the art of black and white digital conversion using the Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in from Nik Software.

The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2 (PDF, 199 pages)

The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2 is a 200-page PDF guide (eBook) that covers every tool, slider, and feature in Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in. Here’s the manual that you’ll want to use to learn all the new features in Silver Efex Pro 2.0, including Dynamic Brightness, Soft Contrast, Fine Structure, and Selective Colorization. The book is delivered in electronic (PDF) format, and is readable on Macs, PCs, and iPads (to view on the iPad, you’ll need to transfer the PDF file from your computer using iTunes). I’ve also included a set of custom style presets that you can load into Silver Efex Pro 2: Continue reading Master Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2

Video Workshop: Mastering HDR Efex Pro

Let me show you how to master HDR Efex Pro

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my newest training video, Mastering HDR Efex Pro.

This two-part, 111 minute training video is presented in crisp 720p HD format, and is viewable on any computer running QuickTime or Real Player.

Part 1: HDR Efex Pro Workflow and Interface

Here I’ll take you through every menu, button, and slider in HDR Efex Pro. I’ll show you how to launch the plug-in from Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Aperture, and as a stand-alone application. You’ll also learn how to make complex selections quickly and easily with Control Points.

Part 2: Tone-mapping HDR Images

In Part 2, I will walk you through the artistic process to create the finest HDR images in a variety of styles, including natural, artistic, black and white, and single-image tone-mapping. You’ll see all the control settings and how I use Control Points to perform local adjustments.

Mastering HDR Efex Pro is available now from Luminescence of Nature Press. Bundle your purchase with The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro and save $10 off the list price!

Save up to 25% on an eBook or video package

USAFA Chapel, processed in HDR Efex Pro and Capture NX 2

I’ve just added four package deals to the Luminescence of Nature Press shop, where you can save up to 25% off the individual purchase price of some of my more popular titles.

Capture NX 2 Complete Collection

Landscape Photography Bundle

Capture NX 2 Video Training Bundle

Nik Software Bundle

See all the bundles here.

New Release: Black & White with Capture NX 2

Learn Black & White with Capture NX 2

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my newest instructional guide, Black & White with Capture NX 2. This guide will teach you how to create stunning black and white images without having to leave Capture NX 2. The workflow advantage here is extreme– you get fully non-destructive black and white effects (something you can’t do with Silver Efex Pro for Lightroom or Aperture) applied directly into your NEF images.

Dramatic Recipes for Black & White in a Non-Destructive Workflow

My step by-step instructions will show you how to create the following effects without the need for any 3rd-party plug-ins.

  • Standard Black & White Recipe
  • Standard Portrait
  • Dramatic Portrait
  • Dramatic Landscape
  • Subtle Landscape
  • Infrared Film (two styles)
  • Antique Solarization
  • High-Key Bleached Color
  • Selective Black & White Techniques

Black & White Actions for Capture NX 2 and Color Efex Pro 3

When you purchase Black & White for Capture NX 2, the file download includes a set of 46 custom actions that work in Capture NX 2. These actions include all the effects described in the eBook; 31 for Capture NX 2 (stand-alone), and 15 more for Nik’s Color Efex Pro 3.0 for Capture NX 2. In addition to the recipe actions, you’ll also get color toning, vignette, and film grain effects.

You can download a free sample of the Black & White Action Pack (10 actions).

Black & White with Capture NX 2 is available at a 20% discount when you purchase it direct from Luminescence of Nature Press online.

New Release: The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro

The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro, by Jason P. Odell & Tony Sweet

A few months ago, I was sitting with Tony Sweet, discussing the joys of teaching photography classes, when the topic turned to HDR photography.  Tony and I had both been beta-testing a new plug-in from Nik Software for performing HDR tone-mapping, and quite frankly we were excited about this new product.  There are a lot of good tone-mapping options out there for HDR, but with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, photographers have some significant processing advantages.  Continue reading New Release: The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro